After the Lakes, we spent the night in Zagreb before going to Istria. The largest city in Croatia, it is home to 1 out of 6 Croatians. It’s a charming old World city that reminded me of Prague.
Gorgeous building details that they just don’t make any more.
Holding up this building is a tough job but someone has to do it.
Ribbon-wrapped columns on the Zagreb Archaeological Museum.
Detail from the Zagreb Cathedral.
We spent the morning exploring the Zagreb market. One of the great pleasures of this trip has been the quality of food and produce and farmer’s markets everywhere. There are lots of characters, like this hard working woman.
Originally the Peasant Art Galley, the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art was a highlight of the trip. It’s fascinating to see this recent works, less than a hundred years ago, from peasants who were illiterate, untrained, and lacked electricity working away in winter on colorful and creative paintings.
Many of the works feature super saturated colors. They frequently painted on glass because it was readily available in rural areas, cheaper then canvas, and requires no special technique. The paintings are painted in reverse on the back of the glass.
The painting above is from Ivan Rabuzin, who the sixth of his eleven children. He worked as a carpenter for many years and began painting at 35, with minimal training. His first exhibition was a success and he became a professional painter at 42.
Stepping out of the crowd on the market steps.